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the Nashville papers carried news of the filing of the suit
and the next day in the Bardsville Ledger Senator Tollive
gave out the statement that his conscience would no longe
permit him to be party, even passively, to the policies of ai
organization that had become the enemy of law and orde
and individual integrity.

"There hasn't been any trouble lately, not at all," Mi
Munn asserted when Mr. Christian thrust the paper with th<
statement under his eyes; " not in over a month. Not sinc<
SuUins' crop was burned. And they'll probably catch who
ever did that"

" No/' Mr. Christian said shortly, " there ain't been mucl
trouble, but Edmund Tolliver is shore God getting ready tc
cause a whole lot of trouble. Bad trouble," and he starec
probingly into Mr. Munn's face.

"Trouble," Mr. Munn repeated.   "What do you mean?'

" I mean there's a lot of men don't take things lying down
You can't blame 'em. Fire with fire,"

Mr. Munn looked sombrely away, out the window toward
the sidewalk, which was empty of all life except for an old
negro man sitting on the curb. " It'll wreck us," he declared,
"That's what we've tried to stop. The companies want
trouble. Ill bet half the trouble over in Hunter Country
was started by blackguards who got paid to start it. You
never can tell It's the best way to kill the Association. The
companies want trouble."

"And by God I" Mr. Christian said, "they may get their

As Mr. Munn rode home that afternoon he turned the ques-
tion over and over in his mind. Did the Senator want power?
He assumed that that was the objective. Power. But if
Senator Tolliver, who had helped to create the Association,
had remained on the board, and the Association had suc-
ceeded, then he would have been in a position of power. The
Association people would have been behind him, and a good
solid farm vote in the section went a long way toward electing
a mm to anything. But now he was out to break what he